2018
08.29

NM: The Past (2 of 4)

The section I found most interesting in this part of the book was the “yellow press”. I found it very amusing people often blamed these two newspapers for the country going into war. Even though they were not the decision makers, I feel this was a huge moment in journalism history just because of a comic strip both of these newspapers had put out. Just to reach an audience they made puffed up news stories which is quite humorous because of the attention they received.

Source: NM: The Past (2 of 4)

2018
08.29

NM: The Past (1 of 4)

In NM: The Past (1 of 4) I noticed this passage, “Another factor in the establishment of newspapers was the sense people had that the newspapers was an emblem of a community” (pg 16)

This quote here for me stuck out the most. The fact that even in older times the newspaper stood for a symbol that brought people together is very fascinating. I believe there is a lesson to take away from this passage and that is the newspaper should always stand for a symbol of truth and hope for the people.

Source: NM: The Past (1 of 4)

2018
08.29

In the introduction, I noticed it talked about how the book is divided into three subsections, “Past”, “Present”, and “Future”. I am most interested to read about the past of journalism. Learning about the past gives insight to show how we got to where we are today. It will also be interesting to see how reporters functioned in older times as well. Also, learning about the present will prepare myself even further into the field as I get ready to start a career in the very near future.

Source: The News Media: What Everyone Needs to Know: Introduction

2018
08.22

Literary Close Reading

In the video about Literary Close Reading one thing stuck out to me that I believe would help enhance anybody that is reading a poem. The video suggests looking deeper into the text. Close reading to me is like an onion where you peel back layer after layer. The first thing to do with close reading is to look at the words. The words used in a poem is the first piece of evidence a reader can pick up on. The second part to the words is by deciphering what these words are meant to be. Some poems use words that are not relevant in the modern world. After finding what the words mean, sometimes through the study of the author’s work, we can begin to interpret the poem. The words the author used can lead the reader to elicit some kind of emotion or thinking process of what might be intended. Therefore, every poem is up for interpretation but sufficient evidence is needed to back any claim made.

Source: Literary Close Reading

2018
08.22

After watching the entire video, sonnet 130 presents readers with multiple questions. The poem raises questions of why the poem should be read again. With that being said, some readers may agree that poem is a love sonnet. Whether or not this may be true, it is first important to note that the reader may need a full comprehension of what certain lines may mean. For example, Dr. Jerz brought up the fact that “wires” in line four is not the wires we know in today’s society. With a full comprehension of the author’s intent at the time, we can come to a better understanding of knowing what the poem is about and also get a glimpse of Shakespeare’s life. Sometimes this may not be the case, yes, the author does use pronouns such as “I” associated with a her, this does provide sufficient evidence to say the reader has full comprehension of Shakespeare’s love life. In fact, Shakespeare could have been poking fun at the idea of a love sonnet such as in line eight. Therefore, sonnet 130 should be worth reading over again because this poem does hold true to one thing and that is multiple interpretations.

2018
08.22

The start of my junior year in college and I am embarked on yet another journey with a literature course. The 2019 fall semester gives myself a chance to enhance and go beyond my previous experience and knowledge surrounding the English language. Throughout the course, “Writing about Literature”, I hope to accomplish in depth interpretations that go beyond what I have done in prior years. With that being said, it is very easy to interpret a work, which I have been taught in the past. In this course, I am hopeful to go beyond this and look at multiple points of views in a more complex manner.

2018
08.22

My initial response to video is that I found this quite humorous. The media in the video does not practice objectivity what so ever. There were no facts presented as to why these sources are making fun of the idea of Trump ever becoming president. Lets say these media sources had facts with both sides to Trump running for presidency then this would be called ethical journalism. Instead, they just make fun of the idea. An idea that these people would soon regret. All in all, even if they did this for more views or because it was for “comedy”, these sources still need to present both facts and sides.

Source: When People Laughed At The Idea Of Donald Trump Actually Being Elected President! [Compilation]

2018
08.22

What is Newsworthy?

Football player trashes funeral home.

For this first link, I chose a story about a football player that trashed a funeral home. I believe this story is very prominent in the media meaning it shows up across several media outlets. However I do not believe this is newsworthy. Yes, this could affect his fan base and the team’s reputation but this does not necessarily affect everyone. Also, this story just showcases the mishaps of a professional athlete, a story that is all too relevant with today’s sports.

Face Transplant story.

For this second story, I chose an article about a girl who just recently received a face transplant. This story for me is newsworthy because it can effect people and it shows the two sides of a suicide story. The article also uses real-time quotes from an interview. However, I believe this story is not so prominent in the media because a lot of media outlets would rather show politics and sports.

Source: What is Newsworthy?

2018
08.22

After reading through the list of captions and looking through the pictures. A couple things came to mind; the ethics of journalism. This cartoon story presented the reader with facts. This idea presented myself with the opportunity to reflect on why it is so important to only double but triple check facts. Journalism is all about getting the facts straight to the people and if you provide false information, then you are practicing unethical journalism. This cartoon story also made me reflect on the idea of objectivity in journalism. The idea that the reporter needs to be fair with both sides of the story. A reporter needs to be able to listen to BOTH parties so there is no bias. All in all, this post was amusing to read but I could still cypher the journalism messages in this.

Source: You’re Not Going to Believe What I’m About to Tell You

2018
08.21

This will be my second time taking the news writing course here at Seton Hill. At the college level, for the second time around I hope to gain even more knowledge and experience than the prior year taking this course. Taking a journalism course at the college level will give myself (an editor) the best practice with copy-editing articles. Editing my peers’ articles at a college level will hopefully give myself the ultimate practice at catching errors and suggesting ideas to help my peers succeed as well. Also, I hope to gain the experience of working with writers and enhancing not only their own knowledge of journalism ethics but my own as well.